Corsair Force 3 180GB SSD Review
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Specifications, Pricing and Availability
Corsair is a global company bringing innovative, high-performance components to the PC gaming market. Specializing in very high performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, and other key system components, our products are the choice of overclockers, enthusiasts, and gamers everywhere.
Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.
Corsair has developed a global operations infrastructure with extensive marketing and distribution channel relationships. Corsair’s products are sold to end users in over sixty countries worldwide, primarily through leading distributors and retailers.
Taking a quick overview of the spec sheet as given by Corsair everything looks to be as usual for a SATA III Sandforce drive with Asynchronous NAND except there is no mention of the reduced performance when dealing with incompressible data. This is something I feel should be disclosed in the spec sheet as we have seen from other manufacturers. No mention of the 2282 processor, something that is a benefit to the consumer and should also be disclosed IMO. We are not sure what capacity of drives are now being equipped with the LSI 2282 processor but we can say for sure the 180GB drive is now shipping with it.
This particular drive has an MSRP on Corsair’s website of $294.99. Newegg lists the Force Series 3 180GB at 209.99. That fits in right between the 120GB and 240GB models in both price and performance. As mentioned earlier the drive is available at Amazon.com for a great price of $195 with free shipping.
Corsair offers a three year warranty with the Force Series 3. Again we would like to see a 5 year warranty especially with a MTBF of 2 million hours. This drive includes a desktop adapter bracket and screws for mounting the drive.